If you’re casual about your photography and you are looking for an entry-level mirrorless camera or compact cameras more than do the job. But they’re also usually limited by small sensors and fixed lenses that don’t offer the kind of next-level control that you need when taking your photography that little bit further.

This is where interchangeable lens cameras come in. In this guide, we’ve picked out the best entry-level mirrorless cameras that should fit your budget, aren’t too bulky and hopefully won’t be too perplexing as you learn how to use them.

Many of the mirrorless cameras in this group have APS-C sensors, but some of our favorites have slightly smaller Micro Four Thirds sensors. Both offer such a big improvement over smartphones and compacts that really there’s little to choose between them. To find out more about sensor sizes, take a look at our sensor guide.

Mirrorless cameras also offer interchangeable lenses. They will often come with a general-purpose 3x ‘kit’ zoom lens which is great to get you started with. Once you get a little bit more into it, you might find it worth investing in telephotos, macro lenses, super-wide-angles, and more. It’s well worth checking the zoom lens ranges on offer, particularly if you might want to upgrade to a better camera in the range later on.

Best Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera 2020

1. Nikon Z50

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Nikon Z50 Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera with...
  • Compact, lightweight and durably constructed mirrorless camera
  • First DX-format mirrorless camera to use a large 55 millimeter lens mount, offering advantages in high image quality and...
  • 20.9 MP sensor with robust 4K UHD video features
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for simple pairing to a smartphone.

Check Out: Best Nikon Z50 Lenses

The Nikon Z50 is a compact mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor (known as DX-format in Nikon-speak) that uses the company’s Z-mount. It uses a 20.9MP BSI CMOS sensor (derived from the D500‘s) with on-sensor phase detection, but no in-body image stabilization like the full-frame Z6 and Z7. The lightweight Z50 has a touchscreen that tilts downward and a 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder. It supports face and eye recognition, and the Z50 can shoot continuously at 11 fps with continuous AF. The camera can record 4K/30p video, albeit with a 1.5x crop. It has numerous special effects that can be used for both stills and video. The Z50’s connectivity includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

2. Sony a6600

Sony Alpha A6600 Mirrorless Camera
  • World’s fastest AF at 0 02 sec W/ real-time AF & Object tracking
  • 24 2MP APS-C Exmor sensor w/ front end LSI and ISO up to 102 400
  • Wide 425-phase/425-contrast detection AF points over 84% of sensor
  • Up to 11fps continuous shooting at 24 2MP RAW w/ AF/AE tracking

Check Out: Best Sony a6600 Lenses

The Sony Alpha a6600 is a sleek-yet-fully-featured APS-C format mirrorless camera well-suited for both stills and video. Sporting a revised 24.2MP CMOS sensor, the a6600 is capable of producing high-resolution photos and up to UHD 4K video with no recording time limit, more efficient processing, and faster focusing. The 4D FOCUS system, which covers 84% of the image frame, utilizes 425 phase-detection points along with 425 contrast-detection areas for especially quick and intuitive performance alongside Real-time Eye AF for both photo and video. Complementing both stills and video, 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE picture stabilization minimizes the appearance of camera shake with all mounted lenses to support working with slower shutter speeds.

3. Canon M6 Mark II

Canon Mirrorless Camera [EOS M6 Mark II] (Body)...
  • High image quality with 32.5 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
  • High-speed continuous shooting of up to 14 fps with AF/AE tracking
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5, 481 manually selectable AF positions*, and eye AF Servo support
  • 4K UHD 30P/ Full HD 129P video

Check Out: Best Canon M6 Mark II Lenses

Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a sleek mirrorless body with a range of features to suit multimedia applications. Its APS-C-sized 32.5MP CMOS sensor achieves enhanced image clarity, resolution, and dynamic range, along with adept sensitivity to ISO 25600 and low noise to match working in a variety of situations. Combined with advanced image processing, this sensor is also capable of outputting UHD 4K30p and Full HD 120p video, as well as supporting continuous stills shooting rates up to 14 fps with AF and AE tracking. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides 5481 selectable points for precise, smooth, and fast focusing for both photo and movie, and support for Eye AF Servo prioritizes subjects’ eyes when photographing portraits.

4. Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera...
  • 24.3MP X Trans CMOS III APS C sensor with no low pass filter and X Processor Pro
  • 5.0Fps Live view shooting, start up time of 0.4sec, shutter time lag of 0.050sec And shooting Interval of 0.25sec
  • 3.0 inches tilting Touchscreen panel for operation at almost any angle; Weight (approx) excluding caps and hoods 310...
  • 4K video using the x series famous film Simulation effects (including ACROS); you can output recorded video to an...

Check Out: Best Fujifilm X-T20 Lenses

The compact and lightweight Fujifilm x-t20 comes with an updated sensor and Processor, a reworked AF algorithm, and a tilting touchscreen LCD monitor. The x-t20 also has enhanced video functionality and is capable of capturing 4K movies with Fujifilm’s popular film simulation modes. AF frame selection: Single-point AF: EVF / LCD: 13×7 / 25×13 (Changeable size of AF frame among 5 types), Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 91 areas on 13×7 grid, Wide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area). Viewing Angle 178/178

5. Sony A6400

Sony Alpha a6400 Mirrorless Camera: Compact APS-C...
  • 20.1MP stacked back illuminated 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor w/ DRAM, large aperture 24-70mm1 F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T...
  • Enhanced subject capture: wide 425 Phase/ 425 contrast detection points over 84 percent of the sensor
  • Fast & accurate: Up to 11Fps continuous shooting at 24.2 MP raw with crisp, clear natural colors
  • Multiple movie functions: Make time lapse movies or slow/quick motion videos without post processing

Check Out: Best Sony A6400 Lenses

The Sony a6400 is a midrange mirrorless camera with a 24.2MP APS-C sensor. The biggest feature is undoubtedly its autofocus system, which offers 425 phase-detect points, ‘Real-time Eye AF’ (that work on animals too, via a Summer firmware update) and ‘Real-time tracking’ for moving subjects. The a6400 can shoot bursts at 11 fps with continuous AF.

6. Canon M50

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Vlogging Camera Kit with...
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast, accurate autofocus that helps you get the photo you want right as the moment happens
  • 241 Megapixel APS C CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 8 Image Processor delivers incredible color, clear details, and stunning...
  • Vari angle touchscreen LCD has a flexible tilt range ideal for high angle and low angle shooting, and reviewing your...
  • Built in high resolution electronic viewfinder features approximately 2,360,000 dots to see high amounts of detail when...

Check Out: Best Canon M50 Lenses

The Canon EOS M50 is a midrange mirrorless camera with a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 8 processor and Dual Pixel AF. With select lenses, it offers Dual Pixel coverage of 88% x 100% and 143 AF points, with other lenses offering 80% x 80% coverage and 99 AF factors. The M50 is the first Canon mirrorless camera to use the CR3 Raw format, allowing for up to 50% smaller file sizes. The M50 is capable of taking burst at 7.4 fps with continuous autofocus for up to 10 Natural or 47 JPEGs.

7. Panasonic GX9

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Panasonic LUMIX GX9 4K Mirrorless ILC Camera Body...
  • 20.3 MP high resolution MOS Sensor with Tuned 3 Dimensional Color Control to detect hue, saturation and brightness for...
  • 5 Axis Dual I.S. combines an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2 axis) and an I.B.I.S. (In Body Image Stabilization, 5...
  • Live View Finder 2760k dot high resolution LFV tilts up by approx. 80 degrees with nearly 100% color reproduction; 1....
  • 49 Focus Points plus Custom Multi AF mode quickly and freely select focus blocks from via the touch enabled LCD screen

Check Out: Best Panasonic GX9 Lenses

Panasonic’s GX9 is a 20MP interchangeable lens Micro Four Thirds camera. Its sensor does not use a low-pass filter in an effort to maximize sharpness, and an L/Monochrome D Photograph Style is included for enthusiasts of black-and-white film. The GX9 will not offer weather-sealing, unlike the GX8 and G9.

The GX9 offers a 2.7 million-dot (equiv) EVF that tilts 90° upward, and a 1.2 million-dot touchscreen that tilts up 80° and down by 45° – a departure from the G9 and GX8’s fully articulated screens. An electromagnetic travel claims to reduce shutter shock by 90%, an attempt to mitigate the shutter-induced softness we saw in prior GX-models. The camera relies on contrast-detect autofocus with the help of Panasonic’s Depth from Defocus technology when Panasonic lenses are used.

8. Fujifilm X-T3

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Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body...
  • New 26.1MP X trans CMOS 4 sensor with X processor 4 image processing engine
  • 4K movie recording: Internal SD card 4K/60P 4:2:0 10 bit recording and the first mirrorless digital camera with APS C or...
  • 2.16M phase detection pixels across entire frame and low light phase detection limits has been increased over X T2 by 2...
  • 3.69 million dot OLED color viewfinder with 0.75x magnification and blackout free burst shooting

Check Out: Best Fujifilm X-T3 Lenses

The Fujifilm X-T3 is an enthusiast SLR-style mirrorless camera with a new 26MP BSI CMOS X-Trans sensor and an updated hybrid AF system with 425 phase-detect points and nearly 100% coverage. The camera has the same analog controls for shutter speed, ISO, and exposure compensation as the X-T2 before it, and nine buttons and dials are customizable. The X-T3 has a 3.69M-dot electronic viewfinder with a large 0.75x magnification as well as a touchscreen LCD that tilts on two axes. The tough magnesium-alloy body is sealed against dust and moisture and features twoSD cards that support UHS-II media.

9. Canon EOS M200

Canon EOS M200 Compact Mirrorless Digital Vlogging...
  • Fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with eye detection AF
  • High-image quality with 24.1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor.
  • 4K video and 4K time-lapse movie along with vertical video*.
  • 3.0-Inch touch panel LCD screen with tilt Option for 180° for selfies.

Check Out: Best Canon EOS M200 Lenses

The EOS M200 is an entry-level mirrorless camera that uses Canon’s EF-M mount. It’s a very modest update to the M100, with the main change being support for vertical video capture. It features a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, Canon’s reliable Dual Pixel autofocus system (with eye detection), and a flip-up touchscreen. The camera can capture 4K video at 30p and can also create 4K time-lapse movies. Canon has made the camera easy to use, with ‘Creative Assist’ and guide modes.

10. Sony Alpha a6100

Sony Alpha A6100 Mirrorless Camera
  • World’s fastest AF at 0.02 sec. W/ real-time AF & Object tracking
  • Wide 425-phase/425-contrast detection AF points over 84% of sensor
  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor sensor w/ front end LSI and ISO up to 51,200
  • Up to 11fps continuous shooting5 at 24.2MP RAW w/ AF/AE tracking

Check Out: Best Sony Alpha a6100 Lenses

The Sony a6100 is an APS-C format mirrorless camera well-suited for stills and video applications. Featuring a 24.2MP CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X processor, capturing high-resolution stills with a broad sensitivity range and low noise is possible. The sensor and processor combination also affords UHD 4K video recording along with quick continuous shooting up to 11 fps for working with moving subjects. Also benefitting fast-paced shooting, Real-time Eye AF and subject tracking capabilities help to ensure a sharp focus on a variety of subject types.

11. Canon EOS M100 

Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless Camera w/ 15-45mm Lens -...
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase detection
  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS C) Sensor
  • Built in Wi Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
  • Intuitive Touchscreen, 3.0 inch Tilt type LCD

Check Out: Best Canon EOS M100 Lenses

The Canon EOS M100 is the company’s entry-level mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It features a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 processor, and the company’s impressive Dual Pixel AF system. The camera has a touchscreen LCD which tilts upward 180 degrees for selfies and an easy-to-use interface. The M100 supports 1080/60p video capture and has a full set of wireless features for beaming your pictures to the social media world. It uses Canon’s EF-M mount and can use EF lenses via an optional adapter.

12. Fujifilm X-T3

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Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body...
  • New 26.1MP X trans CMOS 4 sensor with X processor 4 image processing engine
  • 4K movie recording: Internal SD card 4K/60P 4:2:0 10 bit recording and the first mirrorless digital camera with APS C or...
  • 2.16M phase detection pixels across entire frame and low light phase detection limits has been increased over X T2 by 2...
  • 3.69 million dot OLED color viewfinder with 0.75x magnification and blackout free burst shooting

Check Out: Best Fujifilm X-T3 Lenses

Fujifilm X-T3 is a versatile mirrorless camera characterized by its high-speed performance, more-than-capable imaging, and multimedia flexibility. Revolving around a newly developed image sensor and processor, both high-resolution stills and 4K video can be recorded while an apt autofocus system delivers quick and accurate focusing overall performance. The sensor, a 26.1MP APS-C-format X-Trans CMOS 4, features a back-illuminated design, to promote greater image quality throughout the sensitivity range, along with an expansive 2.16m-point phase-detection autofocus system for fast, precise AF performance and subject tracking. Complementing the imaging and focusing is the X-Processor 4, which uses four CPUs for faster image processing as well as continuous shooting up to 11 fps with a mechanical shutter, 30 fps shooting at a 1.25x crop and electronic shutter, and internal 4K60p 10-bit video recording.

13. Fujifilm X-A7

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Fujifilm X-A7 Mirrorless Digital Camera...
  • New 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Image Sensor uses Copper wiring construction to achieve premium image quality and advanced AF...
  • Large 3.5” 16: 9 wide Touchscreen LCD
  • Compact and lightweight design weighing only 455G With the kit lens
  • Advanced video performance and functions that cater to the growing demands for movie shooting

Check Out: Best Fujifilm X-A7 Lenses

The Fujifilm X-A7 is an entry-level but well spec’d APS-C mirrorless camera. It features a 24MP CMOS sensor, hybrid autofocus system with nearly 100% coverage, a fully articulating LCD and 4K/30p video capture. The camera is compact and lightweight, and puts most of its controls onto its gigantic 3.5″, 2.76M-dot touchscreen. The X-A7 is capable of shooting bursts at 6 fps with continuous autofocus, though its buffer fills quickly. UHD 4K movie does not have a crop, though there is a 10-minute time limit. The camera offers a mic input, but there’s no headphone jack. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

14. Panasonic Lumix GX80/85

Panasonic LUMIX GX85 4K Digital Camera, 12-32mm...
  • Fine Detail Performance:16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter resulting in a near 10 percent...
  • Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Kit: With two super compact lenses 12 32mm F3.5 5.6 and 45 150mm F4.0 5.6, shoot...
  • Class Leading Dual Image Stabilization: In body 5 axis dual image stabilization works in both photo and motion picture...
  • Live Viewfinder and Tilting LCD Display: Integrated eye level electronic viewfinder (2764K dots) and rear touch enabled...

Check Out: Best Panasonic Lumix GX85 Lenses

The Lumix DMC-GX85 from Panasonic features a compact build and intuitive layout, along with a feature-set to suit a multimedia lifestyle. Utilizing a 16MP Live MOS sensor, which lacks an optical low-pass filter for increased sharpness, the GX85 is capable of shooting continuously at up to 10 fps with single-shot autofocus, or 6 fps with continuous autofocus, as well as around 40 fps when using an electronic shutter function. UHD 4K video recording is also supported in 30 and 24 fps frame rates, and also Full HD 1080p, and the 4K recording abilities also permit shooting 8MP stills at a 30 fps rate. A sensitivity range up to ISO 25600 permits working in difficult and low-light settings while 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization also helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.

15. Panasonic Lumix G9

Panasonic LUMIX G9 4K Digital Camera, 20.3...
  • Professional photo and video performance 20 3-Megapixel (Plus 80-megapixel high-resolution Jpeg/raw in-camera image)...
  • Rugged splash/freeze proof design Durable magnesium alloy body withstands heavy use out in the field and is freeze proof...
  • Class-leading dual image stabilization 5-axis Dual image stabilization corrects all lenses including classic lenses not...
  • 4K 60P video 4 2 2 10bit & slow-motion effects silky-smooth 4K 60P recording (QFHD 4K 3840 x 2160/MP4) in 4 2 2 10bit...

Check Out: Best Panasonic Lumix G9 Lenses

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 is a speed-oriented Micro Four Thirds camera. It features a 20.3MP CMOS sensor, in-body image stabilization capable of up to 6.5 stops of shake reduction and an updated version of the company’s Depth from Defocus AF system.

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